FIRE 205 : Fire Behavior & Combustion

Transcript title

Fire Behavior Combustion



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours



FIRE 101, FIRE 102, FIRE 110 and FIRE 120.

Prerequisites with concurrency

GS 105 or CH 104 or higher.


Explores theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, how they spread, and how they are controlled. This course is a FESHE core requirement and is equivalent to NFA C0276.

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes are those of the National Fire Academy (NFA).

1. Identify the fundamental theories of fire behavior and combustion.
2. Differentiate the various types of extinguishing agents.

Content outline

I. Introduction
a. Matter and Energy
b. The Atom and its Parts
c. Chemical Symbols
d. Molecules
e. Energy and Work
f. Forms of Energy
g. Transformation of Energy
h. Laws of Energy
II. Units of Measurement
a. International (SI) Systems of Measurement
b. English Units of Measurement
III. Chemical Reactions
a. Physical States of Matter
b. Compounds and Mixtures
c. Solutions and Solvents
d. Process of Reactions
IV. Fire and the Physical World
a. Characteristics of Fire
b. Characteristics of Solids
c. Characteristics of Liquids
d. Characteristics of Gases
V. Heat and its Effects
a. Production and Measurement of Heat
b. Different Kinds of Heat
VI. Properties of Solid Materials
a. Common Combustible Solids
b. Plastic and Polymers
c. Combustible Metals
d. Combustible Dust
VII. Common Flammable Liquids and Gases
a. General Properties of Gases
b. The Gas Laws
c. Classification of Gases
d. Compressed Gases
VIII. Fire Behavior
a. Stages of Fire
b. Fire Phenomena
i. Flashover
ii. Backdraft
iii. Rollover
iv. Flame over
c. Fire Plumes
IX. Fire Extinguishment
a. The Combustion Process
b. The Character of Flame
c. Fire Extinguishment
X. Extinguishing Agents
a. Water
b. Foams and Wetting Agents
c. Inert Gas Extinguishing Agents
d. Halogenated Extinguishing Agents
e. Dry Chemical Extinguishing Agents
f. Dry Powder Extinguishing Agents
XI. Hazards by Classification Types
a. Hazards of Explosives
b. Hazards of Compressed and Liquefied gases
c. Hazards of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
d. Hazards of Flammable Solids
e. Hazards of Oxidizing Agents
f. Hazards of Poisons
g. Hazards of Radioactive Substances
h. Hazards of Corrosives

Required materials

This course requires students to purchase a textbook.

Grading methods

Students are assessed by assignments, exercises, scenarios, and exams.

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